Virginia Tech Radford Platform

New River Train Observatory

Blacksburg, Virginia

It's very beneficial for our architecture students to engage directly with materials and construction, because we spend so much time in front of our computers, and it brings things home for them.

Associate Professor Kay Edge

Infrastructure, Commercial


Virginia Tech

Original Design

Building Construction and Engineering Students under direction of Kay Edge Associate Professor of Architecture,School of Architecture + Design Virginia Tech

Helix Dosage

Helix 5-25
Total pour is 15 cubic yards, slab and foundation requires a total of 13.5 lbs/yds3

Virginia Tech students in the School of Architecture + Design collaborated with the City of Radford’s tourism department to highlight the region’s train history. The cross-disciplinary team of students and faculty, led by Kay Edge and Edward Becker, designed and built the New River Train Observatory, a unique structure offering dramatic views of the railway line.

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